Three injured in crash near Hampden school

Posted Jan. 13, 2009, at 8:45 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Three people were taken to a Bangor hospital after the car in which they were riding was rear-ended on Main Road South during the Tuesday morning school commute.

Taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for neck and back pain were driver Jacqueline Emery, 47, of Liberty and two passengers, Summer Woitko, 13, and Lloyd Killam, 26, whose hometowns were not available, Hampden police Cpl. Chris Bailey said.

After receiving treatment, all three were discharged from the hospital, according to hospital spokeswomen.

Bailey said the accident occurred about 8 a.m. just south of the entrance of Reeds Brook Middle School. Emery’s 2003 PT Cruiser was stopped in traffic in the northbound travel lane when it was struck from behind by a 2008 Ford SUV driven by Matthew Mank, 44, of Union, who was not injured.

The cause of the accident was “clearly driver inattention,” Bailey said. Bailey said Mank indicated that he had glanced down for a moment and that when he looked up, it was too late to avoid hitting the other vehicle.

Bailey said that all of the people involved in the accident were wearing safety belts. He estimated damage to both vehicles at $3,000 to $3,500.

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